Dragon Boat Race 2024

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Dragon Boat Race 2024

When 6th and 7th July 2024

Where Victoria Embankment, Nottingham

Registration fee £50
Minimum Fundraising Amount £850

Grab your oars and life jackets and row down the River Trent for Nottingham Hospitals Charity.

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Our action packed Dragon Boat Race weekend begins in

The Dragon Boat Race is back for 2024!


It's time to grab those oars, don your life jacket and take to the waters as we're heading back to the River Trent for more Dragon Boat action. 

Grab your friends, family, colleagues, community groups and anyone who is up for some paddling fun, and get involved!

Sail to victory, raise money for any area closest to your heart and make a difference to patients across Nottingham Hospitals.

Once you've registered, please make sure to check your spam inbox for an email from us.
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Boat Stimulator stand on the docks and hold their oars and the flag  in a celebratory pose

Great fun for the whole family

The Dragon Boat Race is a great day out for everyone in your team and all your loved ones who have come along to support you. 

There will be plenty of Dragon Boat action throughout the day so invite your best cheering squad for a fun day out.
NUH Neonatal sit in a boat and look at an instructor. They are smiling at the conversation.

On the day

Each team will take part in a four-boat race until one is crowned the fastest on the day.

Every team gets two chances within their heat to be the fastest in that group. After that each team will be placed in one final heat and race for a medal position.

There will be prizes for first, second and third places. with additional prizes for Best Dressed and Highest Fundraisers.
Team Lifeguards stand in a celebratory pose on the shoreline of the River Trent

Team building at its best

The best part about the Dragon Boat Race is bringing teams together. 

Each boat requires 17 people including 1 drummer to take part, so grab your friends, family and colleagues and get involved in some exciting paddling fun.

There are 12 boats available on each day, so be quick and book your spot now.

Take a look at our FAQs

Where does the Dragon Boat Race take place?
The dragon boats will take off from the Nottingham Britannia Club but don't worry, we'll give you more details nearer the time.
How much to do I have to raise?
We're asking each team to raise a minimum of £850. You can split this between team members which equals around £50 each.
Can I dress up?
Absolutely! We encourage participants of the Dragon Boat Race to have fun and participate in fancy dress. There is even a prize on each day for the best dressed team!
When do entries close?
We're opening up spots earlier this year so that fundraisers don't miss out. Once all 24 boats are filled we will be closing entries.
I haven't received an email
Sometimes our emails end up in spam inboxes so please make sure you check in there. If you haven't heard from us within a week of signing up, please get in touch at charity@nuh.nhs.uk.
I have another question
Our friendly team are on hand to answer all your questions. Simply drop us an email at charity@nuh.nhs.uk and we'll get back to you when we can.

A team day with a difference...


Want to get your colleagues involved? The Dragon Boat Race is a great team building exercise and helps build a stronger relationship with you and your colleagues. 

We've helped a wide range of Nottingham businesses get involved in the Dragon Boat Race. Get in touch to find out how we can help you support Nottingham Hospitals.

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Team Dietetics throw their hands in the air in a celebratory pose. They are currently dressed in fancy dress outfits in terms of an afternoon tea

What to expect on the day 

  • Your group will be given a time of when to arrive but feel free to get there earlier and get the best viewing spot
  • Once your time arrives, you'll be called up with your team for a briefing by the team from Anaconda where you will learn how to row on a beat. 
  • You'll then race heats against other teams to determine who you'll race against in the afternoon.
  • They'll be a break in between races, so feel free to bring your own food or use the local café.
  • One of our team will also be taking photos throughout the day, so make sure your team are ready to give their best smiles. 

Need help with your fundraising?

  • As the Dragon Boat Race is a team event, you can split the fundraising amount between team members. If you are a business or an area within Nottingham hospitals, we can provide you with a collection tin to help you gain more donations. 
  • You can raise this by setting up a JustGiving page or by downloading out sponsorship form.
  • We're here if you need any advice or guidance on how to ask people for donations. Don't worry if you haven't reached your target by the day, sometime it takes a little while for sponsorship money to come in.
  • Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions about the day or fundraising. You can email us at charity@nuh.nhs.uk or call us on 0115 962 7905
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